MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Drying out this evening, showers back on Thursday

Forecast

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The downpours that drifted onshore will be east of our area this evening, with only patchy areas of very light rain set to wander onshore from the Gulf. We will only cool down into the upper 70s overnight under mostly cloudy skies.

The onshore wind pattern is still in place tomorrow, but fewer storms will form. The rain chance drops slightly to 30%. We wake up in the upper 70s and warm up into the upper 80s under mostly cloudy skies.

Drier air gets drug across our state from the east (thanks to the tropical low we are monitoring in the Western Gulf, more on that below…) limiting our chances for rain even more on Friday and Saturday, lowering them to just 20%. The drier air also means hotter afternoon temperatures, topping out well into the low 90s. The drier air also has some of the Saharan dust that is currently drifting across the Atlantic, which means our sunrises and sunset may be even prettier.

For Father’s Day we wake up in the mid to upper 70s and warm up into the low 90s. Expect a few afternoon showers to pop up, with 30% chances for showers.

We are monitoring a large, unorganized disturbance in the Southwestern Gulf that is expected to develop into our next system this season. The NHC places a 90% chance for it to develop over the next 5 days. Hurricane Hunters will fly through it tomorrow afternoon, and we expect it to develop late Thursday, into Friday. The low is expected to drift northward and into Louisiana as a rainmaker over the weekend. this system is expected to stay far from us, so far that it dries our forecast out this weekend.

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